Did you know that rodents are mammals that have two budding incisors that are used for gnawing wood and other materials? Well now you know 40% of all mammals are classified as rodents, but the most common rodents in homes are rats, chipmunks mice, and squirrels.
Poisoning these rodents is not the way to go about it, you can get rid of them naturally, which time consuming and needs a lot of tolerance.
Below are some of the natural ways of getting rid of rodents.
Trapping is one of the most effective methods for controlling house mice. It can be time consuming but it’s a mostly preferred method in homes, and other structures where only a few mice are present. Trapping is a simple and easy to use method as it doesn’t entail the use of harmful rodenticides.
There are different types of traps that are locally available and others that can be easily made in the home.
A simple trap made of wood known a Snap Trap is effectual and be easily purchased in most hardwares stores. It is one of the least expensive alternatives but it also has it challenges. Locating the exact location where to set up the trap can very tricky.
These traps can be baited with peanut butter that most rodents like and because it is easy to use and attracts the mice. The snap traps should be lightly set so the traps will spring easily.
There is also the use of battery-operated traps that electrocutes the mice. Examples of electrocution traps are Rat Zapper and Victor which is more expensive compared to other traps.
The Rat Zapper Classic is made of the latest circuit technology that senses when the rodent enters the trap. Once the rodent is trapped, the rat steps onto the metal plates, completing the circuit and the trap delivers a rapid, benevolent 8,000 volt shock.
Since rats are known to have the ability of restarting their hearts, the shock must applied for 2 minutes ensuring a high kill rate. Each time the trap catches a rat, the trap flashes red to indicate a kill. It goes for around $105.
Get a predator
One of the most common and traditional way of getting rid of mice is getting a cat. Mice and rats may find cats to be un-humane, but the method does fit into the natural scheme of things, and the cat ends up with a sustainably sourced meal. Dogs are also good at eliminating the rodents.
Seal up all holes and cracks in your home.
Mice can invade your home through the smallest of holes, blocking them out completely may not be possible. Sealing up the holes and cracks in your home with caulk and putty will discourage rodents.
Planting mint around your home to create a barrier that rodent won’t cross. The use of urine spray from predators will deter the rodents.
Kill nuisance rodents in the yard by slicing up small pieces of cork and mixing it with grease from cooked meat. Put it outside and the rodents will eat it. Because they are unable to digest the cork, they will die
Anticoagulants these are blood-thinning drugs that cause an animal’s blood to lose the ability to clot, ensuing in internal bleeding that is fatal.
When mixed with good-quality cereals and other ingredients, anticoagulant baits provide excellent house mouse control when baits are fresh and when placed in suitable locations so as to attract mice.